At university I worked in my sketchbook religiously, filling them with ideas, thumbnails, loose drawings and detailed studies. Apart from my final pieces, everything else that i drew or wrote down was in a sketchbook. During my MA I picked up the habit of noting down all of my ideas and thumbnails on loose sheets of paper or in smaller notebooks because it felt less precious and I didn’t have to second guess something before I drew it. As a result I have a million pieces of paper which don’t make such sense to me now and I don’t feel as sentimental towards them as I do my old sketchbooks.
I have had a lovely Moleskine sketchbook sitting on my shelf since Christmas and I’ve decided that now is the time for me to get back into keeping a sketchbook. It will definitely take a while for drawing in a sketchbook to be a regular practice for me again but it’s something i really want to get back into.
I began this sketchbook with some armadillo and pangolins studies as I wanted to draw some for a print but wanted to wrap my head around their complex patterns first. Admittidly I have started this sketchbook a bit too neat and tidy as I’m out of practice and the fancy sketchbook didn’t help matters. Overall though I am really pleased with this spread and glad i’ve made a start. This was also my first time using a Moleskine sketchbook and i am really impressed with the paper and it works great with Faber-Castell pencils (my preferred pencil).